Thunder and Lightning

It’s summer, and that means thunderstorms. A common spelling/grammar mistake I see is the use of the word lightening. Let’s clear up the confusion.

Lightening means to add light or to dilute the tint of a color.

She tried lightening her hair, but it turned an odd shade of red.

Lightning is an atmospheric phenomena typically seen during thunderstorms.

Ben Franklin attracted lightning with a metal key attached to a kite.

Remember, if it’s in the sky, it’s spelled without the e. 

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